I'm one of two Admissions Managers.
Unfortunately, IT Consultant was not the dream job I was hoping it would be after college. Luckily, a coworker told me about TEFL. It didn’t take me long to put in my two weeks notice and get on a plane. In the span of 14 months, I went from being a daydreaming desk-dweller who’d never left the US to a TEFL teacher who managed to travel to and through twenty European countries.
I navigated Prague’s public transportation, as well as the bureaucracy of the Czech Republic’s visa system (neither are as difficult as you’d think!). I learned about Czech history and culture through the stories of my students, many of whom lived through Communism and saw the country’s transition into the Western world first-hand. I also learned about my own country’s culture in a way you can only by immersing yourself into another’s. But most important is what I learned about myself during my time abroad.
The new challenges brought out a more confident version of myself. I have a passion for learning with the world as my classroom. And thanks to my TEFL certificate, I have the option to teach anywhere in the world at any time in the future.
California-born, Minnesota-raised - so I’m super chill and way too nice. Went to The University of Iowa - Finance & Economics.
Lived and taught in Prague, Czech Republic for 15 months and I have traveled to Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia, and Greece.
I had never traveled abroad before deciding to move to Prague to teach English. It took a few days to figure out communication and cultural differences, but the whole international travel thing wasn’t as difficult as I expected. Don’t be scared to dive in head first. It’s all part of the adventure and will become stories that you laugh about later on.
Czech dish - roasted duck, potato dumplings, cabbage, and, of course, Pilsner Urquell beer!
My two favorite things are going on adventures and helping other people go on adventures. I get to do the latter every day when advising students and I experience the former by living vicariously through our alumni who are all over the world!